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Old 05-18-2004, 10:32 PM   #1
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Anyone have any experience with these?

I posted a question about MH lighting last week and Bound_for_OBX sent me this site. All looks good to me, but I am very inexperienced. I would like your opinion on if this would be a good purchase. I have a 36" power compact now and was thinking about going for MH, but the price was pretty steep. Here is the site. http://aquarium.union.rpi.edu/articles/DIY_MH.html

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Looks good to me, but I am still a newb at this stuff. Better wait for a more experienced answer, if these are for real...man did I over pay!!!


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It will work fine. Just make sure that even though the mv ballast will make it look bluer to the human eye, it's still **** yellow. This is easily offset with plenty of actinic lighting though and the iwasakis are noted for their high PAR value and growth rates in stoney corals.

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Take a look at the coralvue retro kits. They come with an electronic ballast, reflector and bulb for $199
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better yet

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Old 05-19-2004, 02:40 PM   #6
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sometimes ebay is decent. I am going the MH route but I decided to get electronic ballasts since they can run more bulbs and are quieter.

*180 gal Display, 100 gal basement sump, 33 gal refugium, 3x250 MH, 2x160 VHO actinics, zoos, some softies, LPS & lots of acros and other SPS.
*100 gal prop tank plumbed into main system w/ 2x96 PC lights and 1x150 MH,
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